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2021.10.09. - 2021.10.14.

workshop for composers

9-14 October, 2021, Budapest, Hungary


workshop for composers

9-14 October, 2021, Budapest, Hungary


The Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation announces a workshop for conductors and composers within the Mentoring Program between 9-14 October 2021, in Budapest (Hungary). Invited active conductors and mentees will have the possibility to work on Georges Aperghis’ Migrants and Peter Eötvös’ Aurora, all pieces will be Hungarian premieres, and new pieces by mentee composers will be rehearsed and performed, too.


Due to the ongoing pandemic cancellations and changes are possible in the program. Before travelling make sure you know all the details of the new travel regulations. To enter our masterclass you have to be fully vaccinated with a proven record.

Georges Aperghis is one of the world’s foremost composer, focusing mainly on musical theatre and experimental music. In 2015 he received the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award and in 2021 he has been awarded with the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.

As this workshop is part of the foundation’s Mentoring Program there will be new chamber pieces written for the workshop by 2 mentored composers of the foundation. The workshop offers working sessions with Peter Eötvös, Georges Aperghis, Gregory Vajda and the two mentored composers: Balázs Kecskés D. and Francisco Domínguez. Conductors of the masterclass: Martin Rajna and Jonas Bürgin as mentee conductors and invited young conductors.

The call is open for composers of all nationalities.

Age limit for composers is 35 years, observers (conductors and composers) are accepted without age limit.

The course is suitable for advanced students and professionals with special interest in contemporary music repertoire.


PETER EÖTVÖS, conductor and composer (Hungary / Germany), founder
GREGORY VAJDA, conductor and composer (Hungary / USA ), program director

Guest: GEORGES APERGHIS, composer (GREECE / France)

Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

Language of the course: English, German, French, Hungarian

Course program:

Georges Aperghis: Migrants for 2 female voices and ensemble

(Édition Durand Salabert Eschig, 2016)

Peter Eötvös: Aurora for double bass solo and string orchestra with accordion (Schott Music, 2019) (Soloist: Matthew McDonald)

Richard Strauss: Serenade op.7. for 13 wind instruments

(Universal Edition, 1881)

New pieces written for the workshop by Balázs Kecskés D. and Francisco Domínguez following the instrumentation of Strauss’ Serenade op.7.

Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.

Course program for composers:

We offer consultations with the professors where composers can show their works but these works will be only consulted not performed. Selection will be made by professors.

Application material for composers: online application form, curriculum vitae with photo and at least 3 pieces uploaded in pdf. Online application submitted through the website of the foundation is obligatory.


Budapest Music Center (1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Application deadline: 15 September 2021

Confirmation of active status: until 20 September 2021


Observers are welcome during the mastercourse. Concerning the unique program we highly recommend to consider this opportunity as well. Observers can attend all rehearsals, the public meeting and the closing concert.


Composer participants: 300 (to be paid until 24 September 2021)

Observers: 100 € (to be paid until 24 September 2021)

by bank transfer to the following account:

Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation

Bank name: K&H Bank Budapest

IBAN: HU76 1020 1006 6019 4912 0000 0000


Partial attendance gives no right for fee reduction. We accept only bank transfer.

The course fee includes extra programs: during the course all participants receive tickets for jazz concerts in the Opus Jazz Club in Budapest Music Center and they can take part in a public meeting and concerts organized by the foundation.

The fee does not include travel, accommodation and meals, participants shall organize their accommodation. Upon request, we can help to find private or hotel accommodation within walking distance of the venue. Our hotel partner is Ibis Centrum in Budapest, we highly recommend their service.


9 October Consultation without orchestra

10-14 October Rehearsals with orchestra at BMC

11 October Public meeting with composer Georges Aperghis

14 October Dress Rehearsal and closing concert at BMC

The rehearsals will be recorded in part on video and a short professional documentary film will be available online after the course.


Participants will receive diploma, observers will receive attendance certificate, signed by all professors.


We are thankful for the support of the Budapest Music Center, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, National Cultural Fund Budapest and Liszt Festival.